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SPOT devices for keeping in touch and calling for help
SPOT messenger devices, including SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ and SPOT Connect™ have initiated more than 1,800 emergency rescues worldwide. Many of these rescues resulted in lives being saved both on land and at sea. SPOT provides connectivity to adventurists, travellers and workers when spending time outdoors or travelling in remote areas. The system allows users to check-in and share their locations with their contacts back home.
In life-threatening emergencies, users can send SOS messages with their GPS location to the GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination Centre (IERCC). Because SPOT uses 100% satellite technology, it works beyond the range of mobile phone towers and VHF radio.
SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™
The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger provides a vital line of communication with friends and family when you want it and emergency assistance when you need it. Using 100% satellite technology, SPOT works virtually anywhere in the world, even where mobile phones don't – all with the push of a button.
SOS: You should use this function in the event of a life threatening or other critical emergency to notify emergency services of your GPS location and that you need assistance. The GEOS International Emergency Response Centre alerts the appropriate agencies worldwide – for example contacting 9-1-1 responders in North America and 1-1-2 responders in Europe.
Once activated, SPOT will acquire its exact coordinates from the GPS network, and send that location along with a distress message to the GEOS International Emergency Response Centre every five minutes until cancelled or until the batteries are depleted. The Emergency Response Centre notifies the appropriate emergency responders based on your GPS location and personal information – as well as notifying your emergency contacts about the receipt of a distress signal.
HELP: In the event of a non-life threatening emergency, you can use this function to notify your personal contacts that you need assistance. Once activated, SPOT acquires your location from the GPS network and routes it along with the HELP message through the SPOT satellite network every five minutes for one hour or until cancelled. Your contacts will receive an SMS text message including coordinates, or an email with a link to Google Maps™ showing your location.
CHECK-IN/OK: This feature allows you to let your friends and family know that all is OK with a pre-programmed message along with your GPS location. With a push of a button, a message is sent via email or SMS to up to 10 pre-determined contacts and your waypoint is stored in your SPOT account for later reference. Your stored waypoints can be easily integrated into a SPOT Shared Page or SPOT Adventure account.
CUSTOM MESSAGE: This feature allows you to let your friends and family receive a custom message along with your GPS location with a push of a button. The Custom Message functions exactly like your Check-in/OK message. You can also have access to your waypoints in your SPOT account so you can review your route at a later date. Or link your SPOT account to SPOT Adventures and save a map of your adventures using your SPOT waypoints, and enhance the story with photos and a blog.
TRACK PROGRESS: Start/stop tracking at any time using your SPOT device (Additional service required). You can also mark a Reference Point or send Check-in/OK messages from specific locations while in Track Progress mode.
Once activated, SPOT acquires and sends your GPS coordinates to your SPOT account and, if you choose, Shared Pages and SPOT Adventures Live Maps, automatically every 10 minutes for 24 hours or until cancelled. Creating a SPOT Shared Page allows you to share your GPS route with your friends and family easily in near real time on the web through a personal link. You can make your Shared Page private or public -your choice! Just share that URL with your friends and family and they can easily track your adventures. You can also link your SPOT Messenger to SPOT Adventures, a social portal, where you can set up a profile and blog with others sharing their SPOT Adventures. On SPOT Adventures, your Shared Pages can stream in a Live Map widget that you can use on your own personal or event sites.
Today's smartphones provide a level of social connection far beyond what we imagined just a few years ago. But when you go beyond the reach of mobile phone coverage, your smartphone needs the help of SPOT Connect to keep you in touch with friends, family, and emergency personnel. Simply pair your smartphone with SPOT Connect™, and get connected to a global satellite network that lets you send messages and GPS coordinates from virtually anywhere on the planet. Update Twitter and Facebook, send email and text messages, request non-emergency help from friends/family or event organisers. And, in the case of a critical emergency, send an SOS message requesting emergency assistance from an international emergency response centre.
How it works
The award-winning SPOT Connect™ device provides connectivity to the Globalstar satellite network for sending location-based messages from areas beyond mobile phone coverage. By simply downloading the SPOT Connect App, SPOT Connect™ wirelessly synchs via Bluetooth® with Apple® iOS devices including iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The SPOT satellite message features are initiated directly from the app's intuitive user interface.
Additional features and benefits
• Uses the GPS satellite system to determine location and the Globalstar satellite network to transmit that information to personal contacts or an international emergency response centre
• Send location-based messages via satellite to others delivered as SMS text or email
• Send custom 'Type and Send' 41 character text messages from your location (additional charges apply)
• Update social networks including Facebook, Twitter and SPOT Adventures™ from remote locations
• Provide GPS functionality to non-GPS devices
• Use proven SPOT messaging features - send custom or predefined messages, track progress on Google Maps™ (additional charges apply), or transmit an SOS message in an emergency
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